Iowa might only have a population of just over four million people, but there are no shortage of sports betting options in the Hawkeye State. With 15 casinos already offering some form of sports betting and several others positioned to enter the industry soon, you’d be hard-pressed to find a state with more sports betting options available per capita than Iowa.
Here are the six providers already operating in the state:
- William Hill
- Gaming Innovation Group
- Q Casino
- Scientific Games
- Elite Casinos (Bet.Works)
More are expected shortly, with FanDuel and Kambi having already aligned with brick-and-mortar locations and the rest of the big names expected to follow suit.
Iowa Sports Books
|CASINO/RACETRACK||SPORTSBOOK PROVIDER||LAUNCH DATE||MOBILE STATUS||OFFERS/PROMOTIONS|
|AMERISTAR CASINO HOTEL||KAMBI||AUG. 15/19||NOT ACTIVE|
|CATFISH BEND||POINTSBET||AUG. 15/19||ACTIVE|
|DIAMOND JO (DUBUQUE)||FANDUEL||SEPT. 9/19||NOT ACTIVE|
|DIAMOND JO (NORTHWOOD)||FANDUEL||SEPT. 9/19||NOT ACTIVE|
|GRAND FALLS||BET.WORKS||AUG. 23/19||ACTIVE|
|HARD ROCK SIOUX CITY||GiG||SEPT. 23/19||ACTIVE|
|HARRAH’S COUNCIL BLUFFS||SCIENTIFIC GAMES||AUG. 23/19||NOT ACTIVE|
|HORSESHOE COUNCIL BLUFFS||SCIENTIFIC GAMES||AUG. 23/19||NOT ACTIVE|
|ISLE BETTENDORF||WILLIAM HILL||AUG. 15/19||ACTIVE|
|ISLE WATERLOO||WILLIAM HILL||AUG. 15/19||ACTIVE|
|LAKESIDE||WILLIAM HILL||AUG. 15/19||ACTIVE|
|PRAIRIE MEADOWS||WILLIAM HILL||AUG. 15/19||ACTIVE|
|Q CASINO||Q CASINO||AUG. 28/19||ACTIVE|
|RHYTHM CITY||BET.WORKS||AUG. 15/19||NOT ACTIVE|
|RIVERSIDE||BET.WORKS||AUG. 15/19||NOT ACTIVE|
*The state’s other casinos – Casino Queen, WinnaVegas Casino, Wild Rose Casino & Resort (Clinton and Emmetsburg locations) and Meskwaki Bingo and Casino – are also expected to join the fray in the coming months.
Iowa Sports Betting History
Iowa was one of the most aggressive states in terms of getting things rolling on legalized sports betting. Republican Jake Highfill filed a bill three months prior to the U.S. Supreme Court deeming the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act as unconstitutional, but the bill – House Bill 2448, for those of you keeping score at home – withered on the vine and was out of the picture by the end of the 2018 legislative calendar.
A more detailed bill (SF 617/HF 648) was introduced in early 2019 and was met more favorably, passing the Senate on April 18. Despite assertions that Iowa Rep. Bobby Kauffman was “rushing” to get the bill passed, it went through on April 22 with just over two-thirds of voters in favor. Just under four months later, Iowa sprang into the sports betting industry with a bang, as eight casinos entered the space.
Iowa Sports Betting at a Glance
Here’s what you need to know about Iowa’s current sports betting landscape:
- It might seem like a strange stipulation, but Iowans wishing to take part in online sports betting must first go to the casino housing the online sportsbook and register in person/verify their identity. That stipulation will be lifted Jan. 1, 2021 – but until then, you can’t bet online if you don’t register at the brick-and-mortar.
- Each of Iowa’s eligible casinos – which must pay an initial $45,000 licensing fee and a $10,000 renewal fee in order to offer legal sports betting – will be permitted to carry two skins per license. Casinos are not required to use both skins.
- The state imposes a 6.75-percent tax on gross gaming revenue.
- Daily fantasy sports are also permitted as part of SF 617, but players cannot participate in NCAA DFS contests until May 1, 2020.
Iowa Sports Betting FAQs
Where can I place a legal sports wager in Iowa?
You can make a sports bet at any of the following casinos:
- Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs, 2200 River Rd., Council Bluffs, IA, 51501
- Catfish Bend Casino, 3001 Winegard Dr., Burlington, IA, 52601
- Diamond Jo (Dubuque), 301 Bell St., Dubuque, IA, 52001
- Diamond Jo (Northwood), 777 Diamond Jo Lane, Northwood, IA, 50459
- Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, 1415 Grand Falls Blvd., Larchwood, IA, 51241
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, 111 3rd St., Sioux City, IA, 51101
- Harrah’s Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs, IA, 51501
- Horseshoe Council Bluffs, 2701 23rd Ave., Council Bluffs, IA, 51501
- Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf, 1777 Isle Pkwy., Bettendorf, IA, 52722
- Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, 777 Isle of Capri Blvd., Waterloo, IA, 50701
- Lakeside Hotel Casino, 777 Casino Dr., Osceola, IA, 50213
- Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel, 1 Prairie Meadows Dr., Altoona, IA, 50009
- Q Casino, 1855 Greyhound Park Rd., Dubuque, IA, 52001
- Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport, IA, 52807
- Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, 3184 IA-22, Riverside, IA, 52327
Will other brick-and-mortar locations be offering sports betting in Iowa?
It is anticipated that every casino within the state of Iowa will offer some form of sports betting.
How is sports betting regulated in Iowa?
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is responsible for sports betting regulation and rules enforcement within the state.
What kinds of sports wagers can I make at Iowa casinos?
Iowa sportsbooks offer a wide range of bet types, including (but not limited to):
- Straight wagers
- Totals wagers (Over/Under)
- Moneyline wagers
- Prop wagers
- Futures wagers
What sports can I wager on at Iowa casinos?
As with the majority of states that have legalized sports betting to date, Iowa casinos provide bettors with a wide selection of sports to bet on, including:
- Professional and college football
- Professional and college basketball
- Professional hockey
- Professional baseball
- Auto Racing
It is notable, however, that sports bettors are not permitted to make any in-game wagers or prop bets on Iowa collegiate sporting events.
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